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14-year-old "bride," in childbirth
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Lenona
2021-08-10 04:32:10 UTC
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What's strange is that her parents don't seem to be charged with anything, when they were almost certainly complicit.

The U.N. is getting involved.

https://www.newsweek.com/girl-14-dies-giving-birth-church-shrine-1617359

By Samantha Lock

The death of a 14-year-old girl during childbirth at a church shrine in Zimbabwe has reignited debate surrounding child marriage and child sexual abuse in the African nation.

Memory Machaya was reportedly raped, denied medical treatment and forced out of school before giving birth last month at an Apostolic church in the eastern region of Marange.

The Zimbabwe Republic Police said it would be conducting an investigation into the death and has "taken note of print and social media reports" in a statement issued on Friday....
Lenona
2021-08-10 04:35:21 UTC
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https://www.voanews.com/africa/un-rights-groups-push-zimbabwe-prosecute-man-who-married-14-year-old-girl

https://www.change.org/p/commissioner-general-zimbabwe-republic-police-stop-the-rape-of-children-in-the-name-of-religion
(Petition - this has a photo of her)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/08/un-condemns-child-marriage-zimbabwe-girl-dies-after-giving-birth
Adam H. Kerman
2021-08-10 13:04:16 UTC
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Post by Lenona
What's strange is that her parents don't seem to be charged with
anything, when they were almost certainly complicit.
The U.N. is getting involved.
https://www.newsweek.com/girl-14-dies-giving-birth-church-shrine-1617359
By Samantha Lock
The death of a 14-year-old girl during childbirth at a church shrine in
Zimbabwe has reignited debate surrounding child marriage and child
sexual abuse in the African nation.
Memory Machaya was reportedly raped, denied medical treatment and forced
out of school before giving birth last month at an Apostolic church in
the eastern region of Marange.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police said it would be conducting an
investigation into the death and has "taken note of print and social
media reports" in a statement issued on Friday....
Why is there a debate, exactly? The marriage, in and of itself, is
irrelevant and therefore a distraction. It's not "marriage" if she
were forced into it as she had to be able to freely enter into the
contract. It's the series of violent crimes that were perpetrated upon
her. "Debate" is argument and counter-argument. What argument can there
possibly be?

Why cannot journalists just write a story about a terrible crime without
embellishment that there is some sort of controversy here?
Lenona
2021-08-10 14:47:20 UTC
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Post by Adam H. Kerman
Why is there a debate, exactly? The marriage, in and of itself, is
irrelevant and therefore a distraction. It's not "marriage" if she
were forced into it as she had to be able to freely enter into the
contract. It's the series of violent crimes that were perpetrated upon
her. "Debate" is argument and counter-argument. What argument can there
possibly be?
Why cannot journalists just write a story about a terrible crime without
embellishment that there is some sort of controversy here?
I didn't read every article, but it's likely a safe bet that, while it's illegal in Zimbabwe to marry before 18, there are compelling reasons that so many (1 in 3) parents of girls think they're doing them a big favor by forcing them to marry much earlier, even though teen pregnancy is seriously dangerous even in First World countries. So, the officials can't just ignore that mindset when they try to enforce the law.

As in, if a girl has consensual premarital sex with a peer, she's then ruined for life, even if she DOESN'T get pregnant. Or, if she's raped, even by a stranger twice her size, she's still considered unmarriageable. In societies like that, unmarried women are likely seen as little more than burdens.
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